A New Study Finds That LSD Use Reduces The Ego

"This uniquely comprehensive examination of the LSD state represents an important advance in scientific research with psychedelic drugs at a time of growing interest in their scientific and therapeutic value."
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"This uniquely comprehensive examination of the LSD state represents an important advance in scientific research with psychedelic drugs at a time of growing interest in their scientific and therapeutic value."
LSD Crystals ∅ Cross polarisation microscope with 200x enlargement.

LSD Crystals ∅ Cross polarisation microscope with 200x enlargement.

A new study conducted by Imperial College London found substantial proof that LSD may have positive effects on the brain. 

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, the research used brain scans form 20 volunteers, who had been given LSD and a placebo. 

The results from the study found that LSD can make the brain be more "complete," which allows for a more “integrated or unified” organ.

Leading the research was Robin Carhart-Harris who said, “Normally our brain consists of independent networks that perform separate specialised functions, such as vision, movement, and hearing – as well as more complex things like attention. However, under LSD, the separateness of these networks breaks down and instead you see a more integrated or unified brain.”

According to the study, researchers found that those who took LSD experienced "decreased connectivity between the parahippocampus and retrosplenial cortex" in the brain, resulting in "'ego-dissolution' and 'altered meaning,' implying the importance of this particular circuit for the maintenance of 'self' or 'ego' and its processing of 'meaning.'"

This "decreased connectivity" seems to be the reason for people who are on LSD feeling a major change in their overall outlook on life and the world around them, during and after ingesting the drug.

“Our results suggest that this effect underlies the profound altered state of consciousness that people often describe during an LSD experience,” said Carhart-Harris. “It is also related to what people sometimes call 'ego-dissolution', which means the normal sense of self is broken down and replaced by a sense of reconnection with themselves, others and the natural world.”

Of course LSD use can be dangerous and is not something to be taken lightly. The study which is described in this article was conducted in a controlled environment by professionals. 

Check out The Alluring Images of Drugs Under a Microscope to see more photos like the ones featured.

LSD Crystals ∅ Cross polarisation microscope with 40X enlargement.

LSD Crystals ∅ Cross polarisation microscope with 40X enlargement.

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[photo by Maurice Mikkers]
[cover photo by Brian Pollett, aka Pixel-Pusha]